The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update


October 10, 2013

Jim Bailey: Sparing no expense to meet family's fourth generation


Relief! Nothing vital was wrong that would interrupt our trip. But with the bright sunlight, even on a relatively cool day, we had to crack the windows for ventilation.

I remember when car windows were geared for outside air to cool the interior, even the presence of little flaps on the front windows to direct air inside. Not so today; lowering the sculpted windows does little more than create a draft to blow your hair around. As for defogging the windshield when it’s raining or foggy, if your air system blower is malfunctioning, fuggeddaboutit.

Fortunately our extended warranty covered replacement of the blower motor, at least after the deductible was satisfied. And we still had a free oil change left on the package we bought a few months ago. Good news, since we had just invested in a set of tires that set us back a few hundred.

The bad news: When they checked out the car they discovered the front brakes needed replacing. A few hundred more, not covered by the warranty.

If it isn’t one thing it’s another.

Jim Bailey’s column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by email at

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